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Father arrested for beating son with wooden bat


Police in Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto Prefecture, said Monday they have arrested a 34-year-old man after he allegedly beat his elementary school son several times with a wooden bat at their home.

According to police, the unnamed suspect, who is a company employee, beat his son at around 10:25 a.m. on Saturday. Police said that after he was beaten by his father, the boy ran out of the house and asked a passerby for help. The passerby took him to a police station.

The child suffered injuries to his thigh and arms, police said.

The boy's father was quoted by police as saying he beat his son “to discipline him.”

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beat his elementary school son several times with a wooden bat

This isn’t child abuse. It’s assault and attempted murder. A wooden bat? That’s what you use on someone breaking into your home or trying to kill you. You don’t use something like that on a child.

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Good on the boy for running out and asking for help! Most elementary school kids would not do that.

Injuries, good grief. So this was not exaggeration, this was serious.

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beat his son “to discipline him.”

Batting his son? What is this? Cosa nostra?

Some people do not deserve to be parents. Domestic violence is taught.

I surly hope this child recovers from this despicable assault.

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Ah, the old abuse as discipline story. These people will never grow up!

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What valuable lesson did he think his son would learn from being hit with a wooden bat?

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The child suffered injuries to his thigh and arms, police said.

I guess he was lucky he was able to run outside to call for help.

Hey, I suffered injuries to my buttocks when my elementary school principal hit me repeatedly with a wood board for doodling in class, but he was never arrested or even disciplined even though my parents complained to the school board.

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the good old Japanese way of thinking that their sons need to be disciplined like they,re in the army or something. seriously, chill...

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The adult personality is formed in childhood

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Anyone want to bet that "Dad" here (name only) played baseball as a kid, and received the "ketsu-bat" (getting hit on the butt with the "discipline") treatment when he was in elementary school. and he was repeating the same thing to his own kid!

Dad probably thought it would "toughen up" his kid!

3 ( +3 / -0 )

The sempai/koihai nonsense likely has some responsibility. Japanese people seem to think that those younger than them are somewhat disposable. Repugnant.

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This jerk deserves the same treatment that he meeted out.

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Put the boy in protective services, arrest the father and question the mother. Do not release the boy back to the home until the court and protective services find a solution, and put a restraining order on the father. If they release the boy to the mother, boot the father from the house.

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I understand that at times you have to discipline a child for things that they may have done, And you have a good understanding with your child sometimes the discipline can just be a firm verbal talk, yet at times you may have to spank your child and that's understandable but hitting them with a Bat that's not discipline that's abuse. In my opinion the father should get the same discipline.

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